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West Australian projects to receive Living in Harmony funding.

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Media Centre West Australian Projects to Receive Living in Harmony Funding

4 December 2006

Projects that seek to reduce social isolation among new and emerging communities and to improve the engagement with the wider community of women and youth are among four West Australian projects to receive nearly $140 000 in funding announced today.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Robb said almost $1.5 million in funding is being awarded today under the Australian Government’s Living in Harmony programme.

‘The proposal to reduce social isolation will bring together people from diverse faith and cultural backgrounds to foster a greater understanding of Australian values,’ Mr Robb said.

‘Other projects will deliver a programme of workshops to engage the Muslim, Sikh and Afghan communities and will also bring together women and young people to improve mutual understanding.

‘Living in Harmony funding will help local organisations across the country to develop grassroots programmes to promote Australian values such as fairness, acceptance and fair go and help people realise the opportunities offered by living in Australia,’ Mr Robb said.

The Australian Government is providing the funding to community groups, schools and local governments to promote mutual respect and to provide opportunities for people to participate in the Australian way of life.

This year 561 applications were received for the Living in Harmony funded community projects. Priority went to projects promoting inter-faith, new and emerging communities, schools and those involving Indigenous Australians.

Successful applicants were drawn from all states and territories with each organisation to receive funding from $5 000 to $50 000 for each project.

Visit the Living in Harmony website for the West Australian listing of the 2006 community funded projects. See:

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